Thursday, October 2nd, 2008
Baby Tip: Improving Self-Play at 6-Months-Old
Here’s a tip for that narrow time frame when your baby can sit upright, but not crawl… when he can entertain himself with toys, but will also throw or kick them away.
It’s an issue of time — how do you lengthen the time between toy placement and the baby crying because toys have moved out-of-reach?
Dad’s solution: Place multiple toys on the floor around him.
Mom’s solution: Place lots of toys in a small bin next to the baby.
Mom’s idea allows for a greater concentration of toys that he can’t quickly kick or swat away. The kid has to physically lift each toy out, which is good for motor skills and becomes its own exploration activity. We expect him to soon learn to refill the bin, which would be hitting the mark for his developmental stage.
(Caution: don’t try this if your kid falls over when in a seated position. And yes, I understand the whole ‘entice baby to crawl by placing toys out of reach’ thing; we do that too.)
When I began writing this post, I was going to emphasize the differences in parenting techniques and problem solving between Moms and Dads.
Can you think of activities or problem solving situations that your spouse is better at handling than you?